Billy Ray Cyrus and Firerose divorce heats up, with accusations flying

Singer Firerose has accused her estranged husband Billy Ray Cyrus of “extreme verbal, emotional and psychological abuse.”Cyrus, who filed to divorce Firerose (real name Johanna Rose Hodges) on May 22, separately accused her of attempting to “isolate” him from at least one of his daughters.

Firerose, 36, filed her counter-complaint against Cyrus, 62, on June 14. In the court documents, obtained by People magazine, Firerose called Cyrus “unpredictable and volatile” and alleged the Achy Breaky Heart singer has substance abuse issues.

Her lawyers wrote in the complaint that Cyrus’ “persistent drug use accompanied with the consumption of marijuana” made her feel unsafe in the Tennessee home where they lived together.

She said in the weeks leading up to Cyrus’ divorce filing, he trapped her “into an emotional and psychological prison” and “continuously launched verbal assaults.”

In a statement, Cyrus’ lawyers said Firerose’s allegations “left Mr. Cyrus with no recourse but to set the record straight.”

Cyrus’ lawyers said he was “defrauded in his inducement to marry Ms. Hodges,” a claim he already made in his initial divorce filing.

The lawyers said Firerose’s counter-complaint is “especially confusing and suspicious in its veracity since she begged Mr. Cyrus to forgive her and take her back only 2 days after he filed his pleadings to dissolve his marriage.”

They provided entertainment publication US Weekly with a handwritten note, allegedly penned by Firerose, asking Cyrus to “work it out” together. The lawyers also shared a text they claim was sent by Firerose to Cyrus that insisted she did not want to “live without” him and was “praying with my entire soul that we find each other again.”

“If Mr. Cyrus was truly guilty of the allegations that Ms. Hodges alleges in her pleadings, then it is mind-boggling to try and explain why she would want to return to live with him,” the lawyers wrote in their statement. “Furthermore, she was pleading with him to give her a chance to explain everything to him.”

In her counter-complaint, Firerose also accused Cyrus of filing for divorce only two days before she was scheduled to undergo a preventative double mastectomy on May 24. Firerose was diagnosed as a carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation in 2020, which has increased risks of several cancers, according to the complaint.Firerose has since postponed the surgery. She told the court Cyrus paid for her health insurance and that he said he would cover any additional costs, though he “has now repudiated that promise.”

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